…to the rhythm of the war drums. And so goes the lyric from A Perfect Circles song “Pet”.

Those war drums are beating faster and faster. If you listen really hard, you can hear them.

I’m getting a very strong case of deja vu that doesn’t seem to want to go away. In the months leading up to the Iraq war, started over 5 years ago and still going strong (although the word strong is up for discussion), we heard the rhetoric over and over–Iraq has weapons of mass distruction. The Iraq threat is imminent. Saddam Hussein is evil. Iraq helped the terrorists in 9/11.

Now, in the present, we hear–Iran is building a nuclear weapon. The Iran threat is imminent. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is evil. Iran is helping the terrorist in Iraq.

It’s so creepy it makes me shiver. What’s most disturbing about all this though is that the American people are buying into it all over again. We’ve seen how Iraq turned out. A very large percentage of Americans agree that the Iraq war has not gone the way we thought it would. Many even believe, now, that we were lied to in order to get approval for the war.

How can we let this happen again?! We can’t afford this war, how are we going to afford a war with Iran? Our military is already stretched thin? How will we have the manpower to fight on another front?

Large numbers of Americans are filing bankruptcy, their houses are going into foreclosure, and they are shutting down their businesses. Trust me, I work in an accounting firm and it is a weekly discussion at our staff meetings how blown away we are that this is going on with our clients.

Citizens can’t afford health care. We can’t seem to properly educate our children let alone make it affordable for them to continue their education after high school. The unemployment rate is continually rising. The poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer. But I guess this is all just part of bringing democracy to the world.

We are trillions of dollars in debt, largely due to the fact that the Iraq war is costing us billions of dollars a day. Where in the world will we get the money to bomb the crap out of Iran?

I think what gets me most is that no matter what we do or say, we can’t stop it. They’ve made up their minds to do it and listening to the American people has long since been “taken off the table”. Maybe I’m wrong about that though. Maybe more people agree that we should attack Iran than I know. I can see how it may seem that the only way to make that happen is to blow people up.

Thinking about how we are the pillars of freedom and what we went through to become the country that we are (or rather, should be) does give me a certain sense of pride. But then I think of the consequences and the bigger picture and I become humble again.

Look where I pride has gotten us so far. We’ve become more like the popular quarter back at school. Everyone wants to be like him and most want to be his friend, but no one wants to piss him off for fear of getting stuffed in a locker.

I think it’s time for more American’s to start eating some humble pie.

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